Maria Julia, PhD
PhD - The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH - Social Work
MSW - University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico - Social Work
BA - University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico - Sociology, Psychology
Research methods and data analysis; international social work and social development; interprofessional education and practice; multicultural understanding and approaches to practice.
International social development and the role women play in these processes; multicultural/multinational gender studies, such as women's role during periods of war; women's health, broadly defined. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry are utilized but, given the focus of most recent research projects, participatory action research has been a primary method.
“Multidimensional Approach to Inter-Professional Education and Practice.” The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4, 11, 2010, pp. 37-46.
“Awareness, Knowledge, and Perceptions about Drug Abuse Among Kuwaiti Women,” with H. Ridha. Submitted for publication to The Arab Journal for the Humanities, 2009.
“International Social Work and Social Welfare: Central America.” Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th Edition, Oxford University Press and NASW Press, 2008.
“Perceptions and Knowledge: Kuwaiti Women and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” with H. Ridha. Journal of Social Sciences, 44, 2007.
“Bedouin Moslem Women Achieving Control Over their Lives: Factors Supporting Empowerment,” with H. Al Maseb. Accepted for publication in Social Development Issues, 29, 1, 2006.
Constructing Gender: Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Women. Bedmont, California: Brooks Cole, 2000.
Multicultural Awareness in the Helping Professions. California: Allyn and Bacon, 1996.
Interprofessional Care and Collaborative Practice, with M. Casto. California: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1994.